Former Florida Gators quarterback Danny Wuerffel talks NIL transfer portal


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Danny Wuerffel took the tour, promoting the Desire Cup golf event Oct. 28-29 at Sea Island, just above the Florida-Georgia line, the two days leading up to the Florida-Georgia football game.

The event benefits Desire de Wuerffel’s street ministries, who became the post-football goal of former Gator QB. Details are close by, but you can’t spend time with a former Heisman Trophy winner and national champion quarterback without assessing his take on the huge issues of the day.

On the biggest of the big topics – the one triggered by state legislatures across the country – Wuerffel supports players capitalizing on the new name likeness allowances, but acknowledges the obvious potential downside.

“It sure would have been nice,” he says, considering how he would have benefited from it during his Gator career in the mid-90s. “But I also wonder how it would have affected me as a human being, how that would have affected me as a teammate. You just don’t know what disadvantages might arise if you earn a little extra cash at this point. “

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Did anyone mention the downsides? There seems to be little downside to gamers, but you don’t need a lot of imagination to envision the potential of a Wild West scenario.

“In general, I am in favor of people being able to market their name and likeness,” says Wuerffel. “The trickiest part for me, and I don’t know how to handle it, is how it can play a role in recruiting. How is it fair to promise a high school kid that they’ll get some money from reminders or whatever?

“To me that sounds risky. I don’t know how it’s going to play out. But I really think guys, while they’re playing, it’s just for them to market their name and image and make money out of it.

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On conference realignments and “alliances”: “I think it will work out. I think no matter which conference you attend, your alumni still love you. Passion is always high.

The Potential of a Expanded Playoff: “I remember watching the four-team playoff for the first time, it was so exciting, like an NFL playoff. It’s hard to pick a top four, so I’m in favor of moving on to more teams. Whether it’s eight or twelve, I don’t have a strong opinion on that, but I think a platoon larger than four would be good.

Wuerffel’s opinion grows stronger when talks turn to the heavily trafficked transfer portal, where relaxed transfer rules have turned the process into a second battleground on the recruiting front.

“I’m less satisfied with the transfer portal,” he says. “The problem with the transfer portal is that it changes so much in the way you can coach and lead a team. In an age when everyone wants to be happy right now, the Transfer Portal is kind of the antithesis of that. A player says: ‘You’re not helping me, I’m leaving.’ “

College Football Week 4

It got to this point. FSU fans are now relegated to scouring the rest of the 2021 calendar in search of a win. But given what has happened over the past two weeks, even UMass play in three weeks seems sketchy.

For those interested in cost-benefit analysis, the FSU is paying Willie Taggart $ 20 million not to train the Seminoles, and two weeks ago she paid Jacksonville State $ 400,000 to come to Tallahassee and win a shocking victory. By those standards, this one is a good deal – Louisville on ‘Noles by 12.

• Somewhere else: Florida par 14 over Tennessee; Georgia one ton on Vandy; Wisconsin beats Notre-Dame; Texas A&M on Arkansas; Clemson by 10 on the State of NC; Michigan State defeats Nebraska in overtime; FAU on Air Force; BYU by 18 on USF; B-CU defeats the State of Alabama; Princeton defeats Stetson; and the Kalamazoo Hornets, at home, by 6 over Alfred’s Saxons.

BESIDES: Kalamazoo, over in southwest Michigan, is where Derek Jeter grew up. But it is also the birthplace of William Shakespeare. You hear me.

William Shakespeare Jr., not to be confused with an English scribbler of the same name, was one of those 19th century healers seen in old westerns. He indulged in inventions and loved to fish. He didn’t like sorting out the nesting bird fishing line, a common illness of the day.

Fortunately for anyone who has ever caught a fish, Bill Shakespeare’s best-known DIY involved a “top-wind” fishing reel, which he patented in 1895 and, until now, has eliminated millions of reels. messy over the next 126 years.

His name lives on today on a wide range of rods and reels, but from what I’ve been told he couldn’t write a sonnet to save his life.

– Contact Ken Willis at ken.willis@news-jrnl.com

Information on the Cup of Desire

Or: Sea Island, Georgia

When: Oct 28 (gala dinner) and Oct 29 (scramble golf tournament)

Who: Many former players and coaches of the Florida-Georgia football rivalry (including Steve Spurrier and Vince Dooley), as well as any golfer who wants to join.

Cause: Benefits for Street Ministries of Desire by Danny Wuerffel.

More information: Details on registration and / or sponsorship possibilities are available on DesireCup.com.

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